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Old 06-18-2017, 10:34 AM   #1
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Have read through threads here...but having a hard time finding if the "upgraded" shocks on the 2017 FX4 are any different than 2015/2016.
I read that they are mock badged Ranchos on earlier models.

Can anyone confirm what they are on the 2017 FX4 models?

I pick up the truck today...and thought about putting on some Bilsteins (5100) this next week to bring up the front end an inch or two. Any advise?
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Crappy Rancho...Bilstein is an improvement.
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I pick up the truck today...and thought about putting on some Bilsteins (5100) this next week to bring up the front end an inch or two. Any advise?
Yes, don't waste your money on anything less than a set of real shocks (BOSS, Fox, Icon, King, etc.)
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Thanks for the thoughts. Sounds like they remain the same for 2017. For rare off-road use (no rock crawling), are the Bilsteins fine....or am I better served with Fox 2.0s? I prefer a bit stiffer ride with very little sway when on the road through the mountains.
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For the short time I had Bilsteins, it felt like I was driving a school bus. I went with the BOSS coilovers, and man, there's just no comparison - on road as well as off road.
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Priced out the Boss and Fox....oooph, a bit more expensive. Think I will go with the Bilsteins for now...and save up for a better u-grace in a coupe of years. Hope the Bilsteins are a bit better than the stock FX4 shocks.
Thanks for the input. Have the Boss on my wishlist now.
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well, if you absolutely must get something (the Bilsteins are definitely not good "enough" to spend the time or cash to have them installed, over the OEMs that is), then ask if Bilstein is still offering their 100% money-back guarantee, for any reason, for life. At least you'll be able to recover the cost of them when you upgrade. And watch out the welds don't break on ya (mounting eye to shock body). Measly little welds for a 6,000# truck. (there are photos on the web and on this forum)

Just remember, you get what you pay for. And in suspensions, that really holds very true. Buy the best, and cry only once...

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Thanks Stingray. Sounds like you yave had experience with the Biltsteins. I don't have any experience with them, and this is my first shock "upgrade" on any truck.

I have read sooo many positive reviews on the 5100s...that I thought it was a safer bet. I hope that I find a different experience than yours
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I'm partial to King myself...




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Those are nice! What does the separate cylinder do?
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